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I agree w/ llg that there might be something you don't see. Also, there is the possibility that the company has determined by practice that this is what most pts want. And I see no particular problem in providing people w/ the service they want. Even if you disagree w/ it on principle.
OR let me put it this way - It has been my experience that many black pts are very interested in how many black nurses are on staff - as a sign of the facility not being racist. It has also been my experience that those same pts are much more comfortable if they have a black nurse care for them from time to time. If I adopted this same practice as an agency head, the result would be that most of my black nurses would probably be assigned to black pts, and it would look like I was being racist. Now I don't think it's necessarily racist to provide my customers with care that makes them more comfortable. From a business model, that is how you get repeat business and therefore, stay in business.
But here's the thing - if you disagree with it on principle, and yet you don't want to rock the boat - how strong a principle can it be? I don't mean this as a critique - but if you really think this is wrong, and it is a value that really means something to you, then I'm just suggesting that you re-evaluate how to handle it. I could never work for a company that I truly thought was racist in its policies.
As u would see if u read both my posts on the subject, I can agree that some patients feel more comfortable with their own race and it doesnt necessarily mean they are racist. Secondly, I already said I dont think the company itself is racist. As far as principle goes, I dont agree with this practice unless a client specifically requests it.
I really dont need you to tell me I dont have strong principles/beliefs if I dont act on them. As I said Im a new nurse and Im going to take the time to evaluate the situation before I address it. You must realize that as a minority Ive spent the majority of my life having to let things go and let things roll off my back, bc otherwise I would have never been able to hold a job or go to school or even live in the community where I grew up. You grow a thick skin. If I were to confront every person and every organization who I felt had racist tendencies or at least had stereotypical beliefs, then Id better quit my job and dedicate my life to it...lol.
This is nearly 2006. Racism isnt as blatant as it was back in the days of true segregation, its more quiet and under the surface. It isnt my job to show people the light. Im just trying to live my life like everyone else. Im not a spokesperson for the black race. Maybe you are able to go thru life challenging every wrong doing that have ever been placed upon you since it is probably few and far between, but I dont have that luxury. I do have to eat, so Im not going to let some peoples backwards beliefs keep me from making a paycheck. If I left on that principle Id probably be leaving every job I get bc there is no escaping ignorant people. Now, when someone crosses the line, make no mistake, I will let them know about themselves. Other than that I just have to roll with the punches.